For the second time in school history, the Akron Zips men's soccer team has ascended to a No. 1 national ranking.
One of the biggest reasons for the team's 9-0 start this year? Four starters who have come through the IMG Academy' campus.
Junior midfielder Anthony Ampaipitakwong, junior midfielder Blair Gavin, sophomore defender Kofi Sarkodie and freshman defender Zarek Valentin have all spent time at IMG Academy.
Ampaipitakwong, a third-team All-American last year, was also named to the Hermann Trophy watch list given annually to the top men's college soccer player. Ampaipitakwong most recently played for the Bradenton Academics, the Premier Development League team based at the IMG Academy soccer program.
The Zips have conceded only one goal this year and outscored opponents 26-1.